REVIEW: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse ✭✭✭✭✭

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe West Yorkshire Playhouse Five Stars Coming to Bridge Theatre London Christmas 2019 Part of the magic of Christmas is about the telling of stories, from Scrooge and ‘It’s a wonderful life’ to ‘the Snowman’ and ‘Call the Midwife’ Christmas special- stories told in the warm by the fire whilst outside the dark winter night rages. And in a world where those stories, at least for children, seemed to be fired out in ever increasingly short, frenetic bursts of CGI wizardry and the imagination is allowed to curl up and be spoon fed, Sally Cookson’s production of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ at the West Yorkshire Playhouse provides a refreshing, engaging change- and not just to this jaded critic but judging by their rapturous attention to all the young (and old) audience packing out the Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre. Cookson’s magical production – … Read more

FIRST LOOK: National Theatre’s Jane Eyre UK Tour

Jane Eyre UK Tour

We are pleased to bring you these great new production images by Brinkhoff/Moegenburg of Sally Cookson’s energetic and imaginative new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre which has just started a twenty-one city tour of the UK. 2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Jane Eyre – a significant time to be touring Charlotte Brontë’s classic and much-loved story. This exciting new stage version of Jane Eyre was originally presented in two parts at Bristol Old Vic, and then transferred to the National Theatre, re-imagined as a single performance, playing to sold out houses at the NT’s Lyttelton Theatre. The production was devised by the original company, with set designs by Michael Vale, costumes by Katie Sykes, lighting by Aideen Malone, music by Benji Bower, sound by Dominic Bilkey, movement by Dan Canham and dramaturgy by Mike Akers. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE JANE EYRE UK TOUR

FIRST LOOK: Peter Pan At The National Theatre, London

Peter Pan at the National Theatre

All children, except one, grow up….. We hope that you enjoy these great First Look production photos of Peter Pan by Steve Tanner. Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan and it’s back in a wonderous new production brought to the stage by a collaboration between the National Theatre and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre. Peter Pan is now playing at the National Theatre for a strictly limited run. Director Sally Cookson’s marvellously inventive production was a sell-out at the Bristol Old Vic. This production also marks the first time that J M Barrie’s original vision of double casting Mrs Darling and Captain Hook with Anna Francolini taking on both roles in this production. The cast also includes Saikat Ahamed, Suzanne Ahmet, Marc Antolin, Lois Chimimba, Laura Cubitt, Phoebe Fildes, Felix Hayes, Paul Hilton, John Leader, Amaka Okafor, John Pfumojena, Jessica Temple, Dan Wheeler and Madeleine Worrall. Children please note … Read more

Fellini’s La Strada UK Tour

La Strada The Musical UK Tour

Considered a masterpiece of modern cinema, Fellini’s Oscar-winning film, La Strada (The Road), will be brought to the stage in a brand new production with music by Benji Bower, directed by Olivier award-nominee Sally Cookson. La Strada receives its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, as the start of a 16 week UK Tour prior to opening in London at The Other Palace, where it will run until 8 July 2017. Tour dates and ticket links can be seen below. A soul-searching story filled with beauty, sadness, humour and acute observation, La Strada tells the tragic and tender tale of wide-eyed Gelsomina who is sold by her impoverished mother to the brutish strongman Zampano, a travelling sideshow performer. Their journey through the Italian countryside leads them to a ragtag touring circus where they meet Il Matto the free-spirited tightrope walker, who tries to rekindle Gelsomina’s broken spirit. Featuring live … Read more

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